The time has come and gone for us to get a Christmas tree. Every time we’ve thought about getting one something has come up, we’ve been too busy or it’s rained! Who wants to go to a Christmas Tree lot in the rain and bring home a wet tree!?
So we have officially declared this year our second tree-less year in a row. Since we’re going to my parents’ for Christmas, we won’t miss out on the pine love
I got my study on this afternoon while listening to planetarium music by Jonn Serrie on Grooveshark. It’s awesome. I have always loved psychedelic space music! While listening I questioned whether space really exists or if we live in a big dome. Matt laughed. He must believe!
For dinner we made a simple stoup with Butternut Squash, Apples + Carrots.
I can’t believe we wasted so many years peeling and cubing butternut squash. It is SO much easier to just half it and bake until it’s all tender and practically pureed.
So for this stoup we baked a small-ish butternut (halved, de-seeded, face down in water) for 40 minutes at 400*. We added 2 chopped apples and 3 carrots 10 minutes in and they were all ready to be put into a pot with 1 cup of chicken broth, cinnamon, garlic powder, salt + pepper, and a dash cayenne.
On the side – a tasting plate. Leftover cheeses, a few crackers, a small slice of toast cubes
These cheeses are so good!
After dinner we watched an Animal Planet show on the Anaconda. SCARY!!
Michelle had the brilliant idea to have goodie bags for us all to take home some treats from the party last night! I filled up a bad (as if I needed more desserts!!) with a few no-bake cookies, a buckeye and an oreo truffle.
Matt brought them out tonight for dessert
I resisted devouring the whole bag and settled for a small no-bake oatmeal cookie, which I savored in little nibbles. Matt had the other and the buckeye (peanut butter filling!)
I finished reading Wicked a few nights ago. Not my favorite book, but I did enjoy reading it. I can’t wait to see the musical sometime next year. Tonight I’m starting The Road, which Larbs’ Matt chose for the First Annual Family Christmas Book Club! We are all reading it to discuss at Christmas. Matt just finished it earlier so it’s all mine 🙂
Having blown off about a month’s worth of Monday runs, we are hoping to be strong and get up and run tomorrow before Matt goes to work and I leave for an early study-date with Victoria. It’s going to be cold and dark, but we’ll have to be brave!